Rabbis

Race to succeed Lord Sacks in 2013 hots up

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

The United Synagogue president, Stephen Pack, has said that applications to be chief rabbi were still being accepted despite the March 5 deadline specified in an advertisement for the job.

Mr Pack, who is chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, which is responsible for appointing Lord Sacks's successor, said it had received some "outstanding" applications, but added: "We are still expecting a nu

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Chief Rabbi pushed to rule on same-sex marriage

March 22, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has been urged to take a stand against government plans to introduce marriage for same-sex couples.

Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein, head of the Federation Beth Din, said: "It is his obligation as chief rabbi to speak out."

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European Jewish leaders call for new legislation

March 22, 2012

on a visit to London this week, the Chief Rabbi of Moscow and President of the Conference of European Rabbis, Pinchas Goldschmidt, called on the European Parliament to boost security for threatened minorities in the wake of the killings in Toulouse.

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Cemetery shows off its celebrity resting places

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2012

One of the UK's oldest Jewish cemeteries is to offer tours featuring the resting places of well-known musicians, actors, writers, politicians and rabbis.

Cellist Jacqueline du Pre, rabbis Leo Baeck and Hugo Gryn, Barmitzvah Boy playwright Jack Rosenthal, agony aunt Marjorie Proops, actor Sydney Tafler and songwriter Jack Fishman are all buried in Hoop Lane Cemetery, Golders Green, which is admi

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Rabbis left without a prayer at councils

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2012

Rabbis from across the religious spectrum have decried the High Court ruling prohibiting prayer sessions at council meetings.

The ruling stems from a court case brought by a former Devon councillor and backed by the National Secular Society. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has derided the ban as a challenge to the "fundamental and hard-fought" British "right to worship".

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London Stock Exchange and rabbi plotters plead guilty

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Four men have pleaded guilty to a plot to attack the London Stock Exchange and target two rabbis at their homes.

The men appeared at Woolwich Crown Court with five other British Muslims and pleaded guilty to the plan to plant an improvised explosive device in the Exchange’s toilets.

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London Stock Exchange and rabbi plotters plead guilty

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Four men have pleaded guilty to a plot to attack the London Stock Exchange and target two rabbis at their homes.

The men appeared at Woolwich Crown Court with five other British Muslims and pleaded guilty to the plan to plant an improvised explosive device in the Exchange's toilets.

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Anti-gay Dutch rabbi: 'I now fear for my life'

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

The Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam's Orthodox Ashkenazi community, suspended by his community last week after signing a declaration against homosexuality, says he fears for his safety in Holland.

New York-based Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag, who had been due to visit the community this week, told a Dutch newspaper that he had strong evidence to suggest that it would be better not to go to the Netherlands for t

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Seconds out: rabbis scrap over Jesus Christ

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

They are two of the world's most outspoken rabbis but this week Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet were at each other's throats in a blazing online row over Jesus, heresy and the race to become Britain's next chief rabbi.

It began after Rabbi Shochet's father, Rabbi Dr Immanuel Schochet, a respected Lubavitch scholar based in Canada, denounced Rabbi Boteach's new book Kosher Jesu

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Rabbi quits in Sephardi split

By Simon Rocker, January 12, 2012

The rabbi picked by the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation to be its next spiritual head has pulled out of the job amid an increasingly bitter split over the choice.

London-born Rabbi David Bassous was recommended by the executive and elders of Britain's oldest Orthodox community to succeed Rabbi Abraham Levy - but a group of 20 senior members contested the validity of his election last

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